No receipt from Umno or BN on Rosmah-linked ‘political contributions’

The alleged ‘contribution’ was given to Rosmah’s aide in 2 tranches

by RAHIMI YUNUS/ pic by ARIF KARTONO

NO RECEIPT was issued by Umno or Barisan Nasional (BN) to acknowledge the purported RM6.5 million political contributions given to former prime minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (picture).

In Rosmah’s graft trial, Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd MD Saidi Abang Samsudin testified that he initially agreed to give a 10% contribution out of the RM1.25 billion solar contract value, but the accused’s former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor said she insisted on increasing the portion to 15%.

Lead prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram questioned the witness whether there was any acknowledgement from the political parties over the political contributions as claimed.

Sri Ram: According to you, you had two meetings with the accused (Rosmah). At the first meeting, when you offered political donations, did the accused ask you to leave the house while refusing the donations?

Saidi: No, she just smiled and called Rizal to arrange everything with Tan Sri Desmond Lim.

Sri Ram: Until today, you say it was political donations. Until today, have you received any receipts from BN and Umno acknowledging the RM6.5 million as donations?

Saidi: No, I have not.

Sri Ram: At the second meeting, when you delivered RM1.5 million, the money was in bags, you gave evidence to that just now. After you left the bank and informed the accused you brought the money for her, did she ask you to take the bags and leave the house?

Saidi: No, the accused just said, “Hmm” like that and that was it.

The 17th prosecution witness also testified that he gave a total of RM6.5 million as promised for Rosmah as political contributions.

Saidi delivered the money in two tranches, RM5 million and RM1.5 million, to Rizal in December 2016 and September 2017 respectively.

He also said he offered Rizal RM20 million for his cut, which the amount was decided by Rizal, in helping to connect the company to Rosmah for getting the project.

Rosmah has been charged with soliciting RM187.5 million and two counts of receiving a total bribe of RM6.5 million from Saidi through Rizal concerning the project.

She was alleged to have received RM5 million cash from Saidi at her official residence in Putrajaya on Dec 20, 2016, after the Education Ministry issued the letter of award to Jepak Holdings.

The RM1.25 billion project was proposed to replace the electric generator system in 369 rural schools in Sarawak with a solar hybrid.

The court proceeding before Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan continues today at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.